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Archive for August, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Italian Artist Benini to Display at IMAS

Italian Artist Benini to Display at IMAS

McAllen, TX- After eighteen years, Benini returns to the International Museum of Art & Science to showcase his latest works in “Benini: New Masterworks” which will be on display from September 6, 2012 to January 20, 2013. The public is invited to attend an opening reception on the evening of Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.. During the opening reception, Benini will have a discussion with IMAS Executive Director Joseph Bravo about his art, inspiration, and evolution as an artist. These sit-down discussions create a forum where members of the community can interact with the artist, and obtain an insider’s look into their world.

In his latest exhibit, Benini has found a “new freedom” to his paintings that has been acquired through age. The impeccable multi-layered execution of the background relies on the controlled accident of falling paint for completion. One is immediately drawn into his paintings due to the dissolving of two-dimensionality into a space of undefined parameters. This sense of motion goes beyond the picture plane and two-dimensional limitations, to enter a sphere of limitless perceptual possibilities. This brand new body of work is a leap from his 1994 exhibition at IMAS, where the majority of his paintings were all based on the marriage of line and color through geometric designs.

Benini was born in Italy in 1941, and has lived and painted in 12 different countries. He immigrated to the United States in 1977, finally settling in the Hill Country of Texas in 1999 where he still paints every night. Benini continues to exhibit internationally.

“Benini: New Masterworks” will be on display at IMAS from September 6, 2012 to January 20, 2013. The community is invited to join Benini and IMAS on the evening of September 6, 2012 at 6:00p.m. for the opening reception. Admission to the opening reception is FREE for IMAS Member and is included in the price of General Admission. For more information, please visit, or call the IMAS Front Desk at (956) 682-0123.

Pictured: Face
of God: Quidici.
Acrylics on Canvas, 2012. 48”x78”

The International Museum of Art & Science is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums. The mission of the International Museum of Art & Science is to promote a deeper appreciation of the arts and sciences through exhibitions, cultural events, and educational programs; and to preserve, expand, and display its permanent art and science collections. The museum is located at the intersection of Bicentennial Way and Nolana Avenue.

Monday: Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.. IMAS provides $1 general admission to the public every Thursday evening from 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m..

Log onto for more information.


Gaby Jones

Director of Marketing

International Museum of Art & Science

1900 Nolana Avenue

McAllen, TX 78504

Ph. (956) 682-0123 ext. 116

fax (956) 686-1813


Nature Tram at Santa Ana NWR

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge to kickoff Saturday Tram Tours

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is offering new Early Fall Saturday Morning Tram Tours to get you out into nature! The Nature Tram tours are operated in partnership with the environmental education organization Valley Nature Center, located in Weslaco, TX.

The refuge Visitor Center hours on Saturdays are 8:00am to 4:00pm, and the Tram Tour starts at 9:30am. Come see the natural wonders of Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge while riding our famous Nature Tram and connecting with the wild side of nature!!

Let the tour guides carry you through some of the Valley’s last remaining native habitat from the comforts of the open-air tram. Spanish moss covered trees soon great you as you start the tour and the habitat changes as you travel the seven mile trail. Explore the short trail on foot leading to the old Santa Ana NWR’s old cemetery and learn about the history of the families and the land. The guides will point out South Texas specialty birds including Green Jays, Great Kiskadees, and Plain Chachalacas. With a little luck, you might even catch a rare glimpse of a Bobcat or one of the many other wild animals that call this refuge home. Stay after the Nature Tram tour and take short walk out on the trails to our 40 ft. Hawk Tower which gives a great view of the entire refuge!
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is opened seven days a week. Hours of operation are from 8:00am to 4:00pm every day. The Nature Tram will run on all Saturdays at 9:30am from September through October and prices are $4.00-adults, $3.50 seniors and $2.00 children (plus a $3.00 per car refuge entry fee). We also offer butterfly/dragonfly, nature and wildlife photography walks!

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is located on Military Highway, south of Alamo, Texas. To get more information about the walks or the Nature Tram Tours call (956) 784-7500 .

September Events at South Texas Refuges

September Nature Programs
Santa Ana & Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuges • 956.784.7500
Visitor Center directions: the Refuge is 7 miles south of Alamo, TX on FM 907 about 1/4 mile east on Hwy. 281.

Tuesdays 9:00AM: Wildlife photography walks

Wednesdays 10:00AM: Butterfly and dragonfly walks

Saturdays 9:30AM: Tram tours. Please come to the Santa Ana NWR Visitor Center
to purchase your tickets at least 20 minutes before departure.

Saturday, Sept. 29: National Public Lands Day 9:00AM to Noon
Give back to your refuge with a morning trail clean up.

Mark your calendars!!! Saturday, Oct. 13: Rio Reforestation 8:00AM to Noon or call 784-7500

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge • 956.748.3607
Visitor Center directions: 18 miles east of Rio Hondo off FM106

Twilight Tram Tour – September 8, 6:00PM – 8:30PM: See which animals become active at dusk and after dark on this 2 ½ hour guided tour on our open air tram. Bring binoculars. Tickets available first come the day of the tour. $4 adults, $3.50 seniors, $1 children under 12 with entrance fee.

Kayak the Laguna Madre – Saturdays & Sundays 8:00AM – 1:00PM: Enjoy time outside in nature with friends and family. Learn basic kayaking skills while investigating the bay plants and animals. All equipment provided. $30/adult, $25/ ages 8 – 12. Advance reservations required. Call 956-748-3607 for more information.

National Public Lands Day – September 29, 8:00AM – 12:00PM: Clean up the Laguna Madre for wildlife! Pick up litter along the shoreline of the Laguna Madre. Bring a refillable water bottle and securely fitting shoes that can get wet and muddy. We will be wading along the shoreline edge.
Hat and sunscreen are advised. First 40 people to register will get a seat on our open air tram and an interpretive tour while travelling to the project site. Call 956-748-3607 to register.

FEE FREE Sundays
Entrance fees for Santa Ana and Laguna Atascosa NWRs are waived the first Sunday of every month!

Texas Nature Challenge (Aug. 25 – Nov. 11)
It’s fun. It’s wild. It’s easy to register and participate. Go to and join the fun! 15 nature sites are participating in the Rio Grande Valley – see if you can visit them all and complete their challenges.

Coming in October – National Wildlife Refuge Week – Oct 14 – 20, Free Entry and special activities!!

Survey from the Edinburg World Birding Center

Fall/Winter 2012 Newsletter Now Available!
August 24th, 2012
Upcoming Programs & Events at EWBC


Summer 2012

Monday – Thursday

8 am to 8 pm


8 am to 6 pm

Saturday & Sunday


Open last Saturday of Every Month

2-8 pm


714 Raul Longoria Rd

Edinburg TX 78539

(On the northwest corner of the Edinburg Municipal Park)


PH: (956) 381-9922

FAX: (956) 381-0715

Fall/Winter 2012 Newsletter Now Available!

Be sure to stop by and get your copy of our Fall/Winter 2012 newsletter to get a heads up on all the wonderful programs we have to offer from Septmeber 2012 all the way to January 2013 (if you haven’t already through mail)!

We will offer everything from gardening programs to birding programs as well as some fun, educational crafts for the kids! We have programs lined up fit for every age in the family!

And, if you haven’t already, buy/renew your family membership to get disocounts on all these programs and even free entry to many of them!

Also, be sure to visit our website for more details on some of our programs:

Click here to view a copy of our newsletter on our website!

**Please note that our hours of operation will be changing for the Fall/Winter 2012 months. New hours are listed in the newsletter and will be posted on our website as well**

Project Rio Reforestation XXI – SAVE THE DATE


(Rain Date Saturday, October 27, 2012)
8:00am to noon
Volunteer your church, civic, school group or family
Volunteers are needed to plant tree and shrub seedlings
Food and refreshments will be provided

Please call Valley Proud Environmental Council at (956) 412-8004 for more details and directions to planting site located outside Brownsville in Cameron County.

This project is made possible in part through support from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Valley Proud Environmental Council, Reddy Ice, Labatt Food Service, The Home Depot/Neighborwoods Project and many other local contributors.

Susan Hoehne, Executive Director
Valley Proud Environmental Council
513 E. Jackson, Suite 304
Harlingen, Tx. 78550

956 412-8004 (o)
956 412-8008(fax)

¡Fandango!, Book Signing, & Blue Star Museums!


…preserving and presenting the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico

Save the Date!

¡Fandango! 2012

“Lemons & Grapefruit & Limes, Oh, My!”

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Starts at 6:30 p.m.

Fandango 2012 Museum of South Texas History

“Lemons & Grapefruit & Limes, Oh, My!” The Museum of South Texas History is celebrating Valley citrus as the theme for ¡Fandango! 2012. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 13, 2012, and plan to join in the fun. As one of the longest running auction fundraising events in the Valley, ¡Fandango! has earned a reputation for being an event that consistently offers an amazing array of auction and drawing items, good food, and great company in a relaxed setting. Tickets will go on sale beginning September 1 for $100 per person and reserved tables for ten are available for $1,000. All funds raised will support MOSTHistory’s preservation and educational programs and services offered to the public. Posing above are ¡Fandango! Chairman Vicki Skaggs and Museum Trustee Myrna Rodriguez of McAllen along with Chairman of the Board of Trustees Spencer Bell, and Advisory Council member Ann Phillips of Harlingen. Please call Lynne Beeching at 956.383.6911 to make your reservations.

Journey to Plum Creek by Melodie Cuate Sunday Speaker Series

Journey to Plum Creek

Author: Melodie A. Cuate

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Starts at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, August 26, 2012, the Museum of South Texas History welcomes back local author Melodie A. Cuate as she presents her newest work of historical fiction, Journey to Plum Creek, starting at 2 p.m. The book is the sixth in the Mr. Barrington’s Mysterious Trunk series published by Texas Tech University Press.

Although Cuate has gained well-deserved popularity and accolades for her creative yet historically accurate books, it is the enjoyment and connection her own students have with Texas history that bring her the most fulfillment. Cuate explains, “It all started when I realized my students needed something more to help them understand what great and exciting figures helped shape our Texas history. They needed a connection. I decided to write a short story about the battle of the Alamo and the kids loved it! This short-story evolved into the book, Journey to the Alamo. Students relate to the modern-day children in the story who are transported back in time through a magical trunk to important events in Texas history.”

Click on the image to read the full press release.

Blue Star Museums

MOSTH Offers Free Admission for Active Duty Military and their Families through Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012

Blue Star Museums

“The Rio Grande Valley has a long, rich tradition of military service, and the Blue Star Museums program is a great way for the Museum of South Texas History to thank our local military families for their service,” said Shan Rankin, Executive Director of MOSTH. “We look forward to welcoming each and every member of these families and sharing the beautiful exhibits that tell the stories that have formed our unique South Texas identity.”

Click on the image to learn more about the Blue Star Museums program.

Texas Nature Challenge

August 20, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — With the school year starting up and the dog days of summer waning, now is the time to get your family outside and reconnected with nature.

Don’t let your kids park themselves on the sofa. Turn off the TV and power down the laptop. It’s time for Texas Nature Challenge 2012.

The program encourages families to spend their time together outside, active and learning about their local nature spots – completing challenges along the way.

“With the emphasis today on keeping kids and families on the go and outside, what better way to spend time together is there than to visit our local nature areas and learn about our natural resources in Texas,” said Texas Forest Service Conservation Education Coordinator Leslie Kessner.

“With the wide array of partners in the Texas Nature Challenge program, families can find places and challenges that fit their interests. Some may finish all the challenges in their region, but no matter how many they complete, we want them all to have a positive learning experience outside.”

Coordinated by Texas Forest Service and Texas AgriLife Extension, the contest calls for families to visit designated nature sites across the region in which they live, completing challenges at each site. Participating families are eligible to win prizes.

The Buendia family participated in the Coastal Bend Region last year.  “We had the most memorable experiences in our life.  Finding the information to respond to each question in each challenge was like trying to put a puzzle together,” said Martha, mother of the Buendia family.  “By participating in these activities, we set the time to spend together as a family in a safe environment.”

Challenges based in the Rio Grande Valley and the Coastal Bend will kick off August 25 and run through November 11.

Opening ceremonies will be held Saturday, August 25th from 10am to noon at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Alamo, Texas.   For more info on the opening ceremonies, please call the refuge at 784-7500.

Families are encouraged to register their teams starting now.  Registration is fast and easy at

“This is the very first year for the RGV Nature Challenge and we are hoping that many RGV families will take advantage of this great opportunity” said Jennifer Owen-White co-coordinator for the RGV Nature Challenge.  “Other areas of the state have been doing this for the past 4 years, it’s time for RGV families to join in the fun!”

For more information about Texas Nature Challenge 2012 or details about specific, regional competitions, visit

Nature Challenge Full Page Flier

Rio Grande Valley Contact:

Jennifer Owen-White

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge


Marissa Latigo

Valley Nature Center


State Contacts:
Leslie Kessner, Conservation Education Coordinator


Holly Huffman, Communications Specialist


Free Movie Sunday “Reel Nature at Santa Ana”

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge invites the Rio Grande Valley public to the first ever Sunday afternoon movie screening called “Reel Nature at Santa Ana”. Santa Ana will be having a free showing of We Bought a Zoo on August 19, 2012 at 2pm at our auditorium located inside the visitors’ center. This nature movie will provide a virtual exploration that the entire family will enjoy in the Santa Ana’s auditorium. The auditoriums provides comfortable row seating, surround sound and projected screen giving a theater type atmosphere with the thrill of an adventure.

The movie will be free of charge with the three dollar refuge fee (per family). Fresh popcorn will be provided along with a tall serving of refreshing lemonade. Everyone is welcome to the event and all of the services are free.

The event is part of an outreach program to introduce wildlife and fisheries the people and spread the joy of Earth’s breathtaking geological and biological surroundings. Please come ahead of time to enjoy a short presentation about the difference between a zoo and a wildlife refuge. This event was made possible by our generous sponsor, The Friends of the Wildlife Corridor! If you would like to become a sponsor or have any questions, please give us a call to 956-784-7500. We are located at 3325 green jay rd, south of Alamo, TX.

Free movie sunday flyer

7th Annual 36 Hour Film Race

CineSol Film Festival

36 hour film race

CineSol Film Festival’s 7th Annual 36 Hour Film Race


7th Annual 36 Hour Film Race comes to life on August
31st 2012!

CineSol 36 is a great opportunity to unite the South
Texas and Mexico Border film community for some FFR (Fun
Friendly Rivalry). With only 36 hours to complete a
digital film, a true assessment of talent, ingenuity,
resourcefulness, creativity and poise under pressure
will be highlighted and come to life before everyone’s
eyes. All teams will be given the same instructions, to
create a no more than 10-minute film on a given theme,
using a given prop or dialogue and possibly including a
“secret location”, all of which will be determined at
the Kick-Off meeting after Registration closes. The
teams will all interpret the same theme, but the films
are sure to exhibit an interesting range in
interpretation and technique. Films will be judged that
following weekend and depending on the number of
entries, most films will be screened at the CineSol
“Bravo Night” which will end with the announcement of
different achievement awards and highlight the highly
sought CineSol “Bravo Award”. For additional
information, please visit our website at

Registration, The Kick-off Meeting and Final Film
Delivery Schedule:


Registration and Check-In 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Local’s Lounge – 625 S. Commerce St., Harlingen, TX

Kick-Off Meeting Will APPROXIMATELY start after 8pm.


625 S. Commerce St., Harlingen, TX 78550

Objective: Review of Rules Discuss other Logistics
Announce “Themes and Film Criteria”

Race Kick- Off Estimated starting time is 9:00 PM

Sunday, September 2nd

Final Film Delivery (Same as for Registration)

Sunday, September 9th

36 Hr. Film Race Bravo Night

Screening and Awards Presentation

Schedule of Film Screening – To Be Announced at “Kick’
Off” Meeting and Posted on CineSol website

36 Hr Team Participants – Free with Race bracelet

General Admission $10 per person

Please Remember!

Everyone Who Finishes CineSol’s 36 Hour Film Race Is A

Celebrity Judges:

Pedro Garcia

is an independent Producer, Director, Actor, Writer and
Screen Actor Guild Member living in the RGV. Recently he
had a bit part in the film, FAST FIVE, with Vin Diesel.
Since starting his acting career in 1987, he has been
involved in more than 120 theatre & film productions
combined. He is currently the Artistic Director at the
Pharr Literacy Project, Community Theatre, and he can be
reached at
or at
. Independently, Mr.
Garcia offers acting or directing workshops/coaching,
for beginners or for advanced, by appointment.

Manuel De La Rosa

is a general assignment reporter for KRGV-TV in the Rio
Grande Valley in South Texas. He is based in Brownsville
where he covers stories in the Lower Valley. He reports
on homeland security issues along the border, crime, and
court news in Cameron County. Manuel reports on multiple
platforms and is considered fluent in social media.

Naxiely Lopez

was raised in San Juan, Texas and graduated from PSJA
High School and the University of Texas-Pan American,
where she earned a bachelor’s in communications in
2010.. Lopez began her career at the age of 21 with an
internship at KRGV-TV Channel 5 News, where she worked
her way up to senior associate producer – a position she
held for almost three years. She also created, edited
and hosted a community show called South Texas Weekly
with VTCI in Raymondville. She currently works as the
law enforcement reporter for The Monitor in McAllen,
Texas, where she also began as an intern in 2010.

ALL 36 Hour Film Race forms are already on our website,

CineSol Film Festival

CineSol Film Festival on Facebook

CineSol Film Festival on Twitter

Harlingen CVB

Her Doppelgänger

Her Doppelgänger
Premiere August 18, 2012 at the Border Theatre in Mission Texas. – Teaser – Theatrical Trailer